Brand names - Anadin, Aspergum, Bayer Childrens, Beechams
powders, Bufferin, Dispirin, Easprin, Ecotrin, Empirin, Genprin,
Genuine Bayer, Halfprin, Magnaprin, ZORprin.
Medication type - NSAID
Common side effects - Stomach upset, rash, nausea,
ringing in the ears.
Rare side effects - Insomnia.
Serious side effects - Vomiting, agitation, extreme
fatigue, confusion; allergic reaction causing troubled breathing,
redness of face, itching, swelling of face, lips, or eyelids. These
are symptoms of Reyes syndrome, a rare but serious disorder that
is most likely to affect patients under the age of 16. Seek emergency
medical attention immediately.
Dosage - For pain or fever: 325 to 650 mg every
4 hours as needed. For prevention of blood clots: 80 to 100 mg daily
or every other day. For arthritis: 3,600 to 5,400 mg daily in divided
Uses - For mild to moderate everyday pain and inflammation;
to reduce fever; to prevent the formation of blood clots; to ease
the inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness associated with arthritis.
Other notes - Starts to take effect within 30 minutes.
Swallow aspirin with food or a full glass of water to lessen
stomach irritation. Alcohol intake should be limited because it
increases the risk of stomach irritation and bleeding. Do not use
aspirin during the last 3 months of pregnancy unless prescribed
by your doctor. Aspirin passes into breast milk. Avoid it or do